Arts Matters Presents: Dan Mangan


The students and staff of Langley Fine Arts were lucky to host Dan Mangan, a Vancouver based singer-songwriter,  as the third guest in the Arts Matters 2013/2014 series. A two time JUNO award winning musician, Mangan began his first set of recordings at the age of 20. After completing a degree at UBC, he continued to pursue a career in music and has since gone on to perform many gigs with his band, including opening for Sasquatch! Festival and a sold-out show at the Orpheum theatre in Downtown Vancouver. Now married with a nine month old baby, he and his band have returned to the studio to record his next album, which will be followed by another world tour.

Dan Mangan spent the day at Langley Fine Arts school engaging with students and participating in an evening show, sharing his beliefs and ideas on education and how he got his start in music with the public.

LFAS grade twelve student, Yejee Pae, had the privilege of interviewing the experienced Canadian musician in the new Start Studios recording studio:

Dan Mangan Interview: Part One

Questions:

What are some of your most prominent childhood memories? 0:25 – 1:14

Did you come from a very musical background? 1:15 – 1:54

Why did you decide to study at UBC and were you pretty set on pursuing music at that point in your life? 1:55 – 2:48

Besides songwriting, what are some of your hobbies? 2:49 – 3:39

How do you balance your personal life and your musical career? 3:40 – 4:17

How have the awards you’ve won changed your life or your musical direction? 4:22 – 5:46

What was the inspiration for “As Helpful As You Can Be Without Being Any Help At All”? 5:47 – 6:53

Dan Mangan Interview: Part Two

Questions:

What can we expect on your upcoming album? 0:12 – 1:25

What was it like performing at the Orpheum? 1:26 – 2:35

So you didn’t perform at the Orpheum all the time, could you tell us about some of your other live venues? 2:36 – 3:03

We watched the CBC documentary “What Happens Next”, so what did happen next? 3:04 – 4:22

Why do you think the arts matter? 3:36 – 4:21

Do you have any advice you could give to the future songwriters at LFAS? 4:22 – 5:58

Cassidy Lynch

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